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What We're Reading: A Collection of Insight, Opinion and Trends for Labor Day

By David Schonauer   Thursday August 29, 2019


The last long weekend of the summer is coming.

Get out and enjoy it!

And if you’ve got some time between cookouts, you can catch up with some a variety of articles about photography that we’ve collected recently. There’s a little bit of everything here, from insight and opinion to notes on trends in culture. Learn whether millennials can save Playboy magazine, why a famed retoucher is experimenting with photography, what's wrong with Instagram restaurant photos, and how "ecosexuality" — it's like tree hugging, only more than hugging — inspired one photographer.

And, of course, much more.


1. Fstoppers: Famed Retoucher Pratik Naik Takes on Photography

Pratik Naik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet. But he didn't stop there. Recently he has been building up an empire with his Infinite panels —Photoshop add ons the automate various processes — and now he’s experimenting with photography.

2. Vulture: Richard Prince and Lisa Spellman Regret Nothing

The former formidable art couple (they were together from 1985 to 1991 and married for a year toward the end) have a conversation on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Spellman’s 303 Gallery, which over the years has shown work by Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky and others.


3. The New York Times: Will Millennials Save Playboy?

In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a newer, woke-er more inclusive Playboy magazine now — a thick-stocked, ad-free quarterly run by a millennial triumvirate, including 29-year old Anna Wilson, who oversees photography and multimedia.

4. It’s Nice That: Dutch Landscapes Seen From Inside Mosques

Photographer Marwan Bassiouni’s new series invites viewers to participate in a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in the West.

5. The Verge: How David Dobrik Redefined YouTube Culture Four Years Ago

David Dobrik, who has more than 13 million YouTube subscribers, started his career on Twitter’s Vine app. When he came to YouTube in 2015 — alongside other popular Vine stars like Jake and Logan Paul, Lele Pons, and Liza Koshy — he brought the app’s quick-cut style with him.

6. Emmazed: The Photographic Landscape of Kathy Ryan

“The photography that stays around is the photography that gets people in the heart,” says the longtime director of photography for The New York Times Magazine.

7. AnOther: Crude, Rude Nudes of a Woman and Her Houseplants

Austrian-born photographer Bela Borsodi’s latest series, “Phytophile,” may be an example of a new movement called “ecosexuality,” which is like old-fashioned tree-hugging stuff, only more than hugging. It was recently published as a zine by Dashwood Books.

8. Columbia Journalism Review: Ruth Reichel on Instagram Restaurant Pictures

Ruth Reichel, noted restaurant critic and former editor in chief of bygone Gourmet magazine, talks about what’s happened to food journalism over the past 40 years — and about what’s wrong with Instagram restaurant photos.

9.  InsideHook: How Marco Glaviano Helped Invent the Supermodel

“There is no more fashion photography, simply because there are no more fashion magazines. Everything is on the web. It’s not inherently a bad thing; it has just changed from an illusion of art to brutal merchandising.” So says photographer Marco Glaviano, who once made Cindy Crawford, Paulina Porizkova, and others household names.

10. DIY Photography: This Photographer Creates Epic Underwater Rooms in His Backyard


Shooting underwater is challenging. So is building sets. Photographer Brett Stanley does both.

11. LA Times: Rising Demand for Raw Childbirth Photos by Millennial Parents

How photographers are delivering what new moms and dads want during delivery.

12. i-D Vice.: Leslie Zhang is Rejecting European Ideals in Fashion Photography

Born in Yangzhou and raised in Nanjing, photographer Leslie Zhang’s artistic sensibilities were shaped from a young age by traditional gardens, lakes and miscellany of different architectural references.

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